The Wizards play their final pre-season game Tuesday night at Philadelphia. Here are five things to watch for against the Sixers.
1) The Starting Five
Wiz coach Flip Saunders called his starters "terrible" after the 103-78 loss to the Sixers last Friday night. Saunders was right. Only forward Andray Blatche scored in double figures as the Wiz came out flat, trailed by as many as 40 points, and were embarrassed at home.
Even though it's only the pre-season, Wiz starting guard John Wall said the Philly rematch is a statement game. Like the rest of the team, Wall struggled against Philly, going 3 of 12 from the field for just 6 points and had 6 turnovers. Let's see if he and Wizards respond Tuesday.
2) Nick Young Returns?
Last year's starting shooting guard could see a few minutes of action after signing a one -year deal and practicing for the first time Monday. If he does play, we get our first look at the teams returning leading scorer. He said he wants to take his long-term deal snub out on the rest of the league. Here's his first chance.
3) Second time a charm?
Rookie forwards Chris Singleton, Jan Vesely and guard Shelvin Mack all played well in their first NBA game, according to Saunders. Singleton especially looks ready to contribute immediately, specifically on the defensive end. Tuesday night marks another test to gauge where the rookies are in the process of getting minutes going forward or not.
One of the big off-season questions was: Is high flying center JaVale McGee ready to take that next step and be a consistent low block NBA big man? McGee claims he is. but after watching him against Philly, doubts have already crept in.
McGee wasn't sharp and was ineffective against the Sixers. He has to come ready to play every game.
We got our first look at the home red and white and blues last Friday, and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive. Now we get to see the road uniforms, which have a predominantly red look.